France 1864-A 50 centimes

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This dime-sized coin is a common date of a series struck 1864-70 during the régime of Napoleon III. All 80 million were struck at the Paris (mintmark "A"), Bordeaux (mintmark "K") and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB") mints. Some of the 17 available dates are scarce, only the 1868-BB is rare. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1871-95. It was officially demonetized in 1918.

Recorded mintage: 7,597,756[1], 7,598,000[2].

Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz AGW, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).

Catalog reference: F.188/2, KM 814.1.


  • [2]Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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